Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage, is a frequent complication of diabetes. It most commonly affects your hands and feet. At the OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center, we use a variety of methods to treat this condition.

Diabetic neuropathy treatment options

  • Acupuncture: Medical acupuncture can be used to treat diabetic neuropathy. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice.
  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractic treatment for diabetic neuropathy may include diversified techniques and active release technique (ART). 
  • Medication management: We can work with your primary care provider to help manage pain through medication.
  • Health psychology: Psychological treatments are an important part of pain management. Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that accompany the discomfort can help you cope more effectively with your pain and can reduce the intensity of your pain. Pain psychologists focus on teaching you skills such as stress management strategies so you can engage in the activities which are most meaningful to you leading to an improved quality of life.
  • Neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation) may help in rare or severe cases, when other therapies are not effective. Spinal cord stimulation may replace pain or numbness with more of a tingling or vibrating sensation.
  • Physical therapy (PT): Physical therapists specialize in working with your body's musculoskeletal and nerve systems. They can help evaluate your body's alignment and movement patterns that cause you pain, and design a treatment program for your needs.
  • Rolfing and massage are excellent therapies to help with pain control.